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The Glasgow Boys and Girls
June 30, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - July 9, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
This is a series of lectures on the Glasgow Boys and Girls by Prof Maria Chester, which is being delivered online. Lectures are on Tuesdays and Thursdays from June 30 to July 9. It is also possible to book individual lectures. No previous knowledge is assumed. It complements the exhibition at the Granary Gallery, Berwick-upon-Tweed, which is currently closed due to COVID 19.
The Glasgow Boys were a group of young Glasgow-based artists that came together to challenge the pre-eminence of Edinburgh and its RSA-Royal Scottish Academy. They were a loose collective of around twenty artists whose fresh approach to outdoor paintings focussed on the everyday life of real people rather than the romanticised ‘noble peasants’ of conventional Victorian art. By the end of the 19th century, they produced some of Scotland’s most innovative and well-loved paintings. They became the most significant group of artists working in Britain before the Scottish Colourists. Among them were: William York Macgregor, Joseph Crawhall, George Henry, Edward Atkinson Hornel, Sir John Lavery and Arthur Melville.
The Glasgow Boys belong to the Glasgow School movement, and so did the Glasgow Girls. From 1880 to 1920, Glasgow also witnessed major art movements including Arts & Crafts, Art Nouveau, Art Deco and the “Modernists”. The role of women within these modernist movements has been largely neglected. Margaret and Frances MacDonald, Jessie Newbery, Ann Macbeth and Jessie M. King were among those women who met at the Glasgow School of Art and whose roles in these art movements are currently being reassessed.
These lectures will introduce the historical framework of life in Europe at the end of the 19th century as well as a brief description of the art movements which inevitably influenced the Scottish painters. Glasgow was to become internationally recognised in the period preceding the First World War as a centre for avant-garde movements in architecture, the decorative arts and painting. We will also look at the artist’s colony in neighbouring Cocksburnpath where they would work ‘en plein air’ as the Impressionists did.
Lectures will be delivered via Zoom. If you haven’t used Zoom before, please go to www.zoom.us and look at the tutorials. An invitation to the lecture will be emailed to you.